The fabulous weather from this week continued today and it was well worth a visit to Wasdale for a walk up to Middle Fell.
Height: 582 metres / 1909 feet Grid reference: NY 15075 07222 Category: The Western Fells
With Joss Naylor on Middle Fell.
What a beautiful morning it was and although quite hazy down below it did look as though it would be clear higher up and I wasn’t disappointed. The haze layer seemed to roll across from the east during the walk so I think it was a good idea to get out early. Nice to bump into StridingEdge fan David up on Middle Fell today too.
Today was the day of the StridingEdge.net summer 2010 walk around Greendale. I chose a date earlier than usual to try and capture some ‘guaranteed’ decent weather for it, however that didn’t quite materialise! That aside, it was an enjoyable walk with great company and it was good to be able to chat to followers of the site. Up on Buckbarrow, the icing on the cake was bumping into the legendary Joss Naylor who was taking his dogs for a stroll!
There were real winter skies once more over Wasdale this morning with the ever present snow clouds combined with patches of blue and some strong snow showers. I took a slightly unusual route of to Greendale Tarn and from there up to Middle Fell; I traversed the fellside on a little used but good path to the tarn and then made a steep, rough and direct ascent to the summit. There was a thought for Wendy Juster on the summit today too.
The weather has been wild in Cumbria over the last couple of days and today was no exception with a very strong wind on the top of Middle Fell today and behind it there is more snow to come. Today was the first time out with the new camera, so there was plenty of messing about with it, although I stuck to the old lens for now until I upgrade that as well.
It turned out to be great weather today and it felt very spring like at times, although the wind was cold on the tops. I completed a walk around Blengdale climbing to Caw Fell by the little visited Stockdale Moor, an interesting way to go just to find out exactly what ‘Sampson’s Bratfull’, marked on the map, was! It was very clear today allowing widespread views as far as Scotland and over to the Isle of Man.
It seems to be getting hotter by the day at the moment and it was in the high twenties when I set off this morning. Too hot for Angus I think – today he was left at home to sit in the shade. The relentless slog to Middle Fell was quite tough with the sight of Greendale Tarn being a relief for both Casper and I – neither of us could resist getting in there!